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Homeworkers need to be better protected, says the ILO - Jan 13, 2021 - 8:21:14 AM

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Those working from home, whose number has greatly increased due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, need better protection, says the International Labour Organization (ILO) in a new report.

Since homeworking occurs in the private sphere it is often “invisible”. In low- and middle-income countries for instance, almost all home-based workers (90 per cent) work informally.

They are usually worse off than those who work outside the home, even in higher-skilled professions. Homeworkers earn on average 13 per cent less in the United Kingdom; 22 per cent less in the United States of America...
News : International : Caribbean News
The United Kingdom FCDO provides funding for a rotary helicopter to support the monitoring of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines La Soufrière volcano - Jan 12, 2021 - 9:42:25 PM

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The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has received funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (UK FCDO) in the amount of £51,000 through the Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘UK Support for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Response Teams programme’. The funds will cover the cost of a rotary helicopter aircraft, which will be used to support access to sampling of the extrusive materials, air lifting equipment to the flanks of the volcano, surveillance/reconnaissance to analyse changes in the volcano and other relevant support to the monitoring of the volcanic activity.
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022. - Jan 12, 2021 - 7:54:57 PM

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The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022.

The Bahamas Charter Yacht Show Committee has announced today, “That after much thought and consideration to the charter yachts and crew participating, charter brokers travelling from abroad, and out of respect for the Government and people of The Bahamas during this COVID environment, the annual Bahamas Charter Yacht Show, scheduled for February of 2021 in Nassau...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
'We Are One' Campaign Gives Back - Jan 12, 2021 - 7:44:01 PM

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Ministry of National Security Acting Permanent Secretary and Under Secretary Cheryl Darville joined the National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) and corporate sponsors in announcing the winners of prizes for contests that were a part of the "We Are One" Campaign, during an event at the Ministry's Head Office, on January 8, 2021.  There were also presentations of monetary donations to two families whose children were murdered last year.  Speaking at the event were NNWC National Coordinator Supt. Wilton Johnson; NNWC Co-Chair Keno Wong; President of the Ridgeland Park Community Association...
News : International
PAHO raises $263 million in 2020 to fight COVID-19 in the Americas - Jan 12, 2021 - 6:58:30 PM

In 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) received commitments for more than $263 million to provide technical support and supplies for the fight against COVID-19 in the Americas.
 
“We are grateful to all of our partners who have made it possible for us to assist countries in the Americas as they take on this deadly pandemic,” said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. “COVID-19 will not be defeated until everyone is safe...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and the Dominican Republic will cooperate to improve the quality of the electoral processes of the Dominican Central Electoral Board - Jan 12, 2021 - 6:23:27 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Central Electoral Board of the Dominican Republic signed an agreement today to promote the quality of the electoral processes of the Dominican electoral body in accordance with the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), whose high standards are recognized by the international community.

The Chair of the Board, Román Jáquez, stressed that the initiative will allow working under the electoral standard ISO 54001, which complies with a series of international standards to carry out transparent electoral processes...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Cabinet approves further extension on SERZ tax breaks for Grand Bahama and the Abacos 
 - Jan 12, 2021 - 4:36:31 PM

The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce the expansion of tax relief measures under the Special Economic Recovery Zone (SERZ) Extension Order for the islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos.

Earlier today, Cabinet approved the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (Special Economic Recovery Zone) (Relief) (Amendment) Order, 2021, which includes construction services in the list of tax exempted activities...
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Caribbean Investment Bank, RF, eyes Digital Currency Transactions - Jan 12, 2021 - 3:35:42 PM

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RF Holdings Limited, parent company to a group of investment banks in The Bahamas, Barbados, and The Cayman Islands, has entered into partnership with financial technology company, Bitt, to facilitate the acceptance of digital currency transactions across its Caribbean network.

The partnership is focused on developing a platform based on Bitt’s digital currency infrastructure that will allow for digital currencies, such as The Bahamas ‘Sand Dollar’, ‘mMoney’ in Barbados, and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s ‘DCash’, to be accepted and accessed across the investment’s bank’s products by a wider network of Caribbean clients. The immediate target for the platform is facilitating transactions based on available digital currencies in The Bahamas and Barbados...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
NIB extends verification grace period for verifications to July 1 2021 - Jan 12, 2021 - 2:09:26 PM

The National Insurance Board, is pleased to advise that approval has been granted to extend the grace period for long term benefit verifications as follows:

•    1st July, 2021 for all persons aged 60 and over (all benefits, including retirement benefit) and all persons on invalidity and disability benefits who live in the Bahamas;
•    31st March, 2021 for all persons under the age of 60 who are receipt of Survivors Benefits; and
•    31st March, 2021 for all long term beneficiaries who reside overseas...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
What’s new in The Islands of The Bahamas in 2021 - Jan 12, 2021 - 1:55:58 PM

The Islands of The Bahamas are kicking off the New Year with new hotel opening, continued reopenings and increased airlift from major international markets, giving travelers plenty of reasons to add the destination to their 2021 bucket lists. With the new and improved Bahamas.com, future travelers can explore all that the islands have to offer while planning their next Bahamian getaway.

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The Bahamas Invites Santa to Defrost on Stocking Island ­– After a busy holiday season, The Bahamas has invited Santa to hang up his suit...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Dames Attends Testing of 'The Blimp' Drone - Jan 11, 2021 - 3:40:56 PM

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Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames joined representatives of law enforcement agencies at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force HMBS Coral Harbour, on January 7, 2021, for a testing and demonstration of 'The Blimp,' one of the drones that is a part of the Bahamas National Unmanned Aerial Programme (BNUAP).  Also speaking were the RBDF's Captain Shawn Adderley and Lieut. Commander Andrew Farrington; and Programme Manager of Swift Tactical Systems, Inc., Louie Brock and his team....
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Pintard says vocational professions rapidly becoming primary jobs - Jan 11, 2021 - 3:20:58 PM

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Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard encouraged a group of high school Apprenticeship Programme participants in Grand Bahama to “find their passion” and allow that passion to pay their bills, thereby positively change lives.

Speaking at the launch of the new programme on Saturday, January 9, at the New Life Worship Center, Minister Pintard said that vocational professions...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Majority Rule Day Ecumenical Service Held at Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church - Jan 11, 2021 - 2:50:28 PM

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Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith (seated, front row) headed the list of government officials attending the Ecumenical Service in Observance of Majority Rule Day, Monday, January 11, 2021 at Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church.  The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, gave a New Testament Reading.  Rev. Lester Ferguson, Pastor, Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church, delivered the Sermon. 

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
News : Local
RBDF Congratulates Captain Neely on New Year’s Honour - Jan 11, 2021 - 10:10:32 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force congratulates Captain Whitfield Neely, who was bestowed with the honor as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, during the Queens New Year’s honours.

A member of the RBDF’s Entry 5 squad, Captain Neely was one of fifteen survivors of the ill-fated HMBS FLAMINGO, which was bombed and sunk by Cuban MIG jets on May 10, 1980. The only current serving survivor, he has made tremendous contributions to the organization over the years...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
St. Augustine's College Class of 1977 presented Electronic Tablets to MOE - Jan 10, 2021 - 10:54:11 PM

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Alumni of Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) Class of 1977 on Friday presented the Ministry of Education with 39 tablets for student use to assist in virtual learning.  Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd expressed gratitude on behalf of the Ministry, which has sought corporate Bahamas’s assistance in acquiring electronic devices for thousands of students in the government school system with the goal to place a device in the hands of every child...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ministry of Health Assures Safe Roll-Out of COVID-19 Vaccine - Jan 10, 2021 - 6:23:54 PM

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In its first national press conference for 2021, the Ministry of Health unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at curbing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country.

The latest COVID-19 statistics revealed there were 7,969 cases throughout The Bahamas, as was disclosed during the press conference held Friday, January 8, 2021.  Total COVID-19 hospitalizations continued on a downtrend and stood at 11, from 15 on January 1.   

In this vein, the Hon. Renward Wells, Minister of Health, announced several measures in the continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, among those being the procurement of vaccines...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Minnis - Official Opening of the New Roderick Newton Higgs Bridge, Spanish Wells - Jan 8, 2021 - 7:57:01 PM

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See enclosed Remarks by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis at the Official Opening of the New Roderick Newton Higgs Bridge, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, January 8, 2021:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning.    

I am happy to be with you this morning for the opening of the new Roderick Newton Higgs Bridge...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister of Health Renward Wells - COVID 19 Update - January 8, 2021 - Jan 8, 2021 - 6:15:45 PM

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See enclosed remarks by Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells at a COVID-19 Update, January 8, 2021 at the Ministry.  Also attached is a graphical presentation by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillan:

Good Afternoon and Happy New Year- Bahamas!

Deep gratitude is extended to Almighty God for helping us to see another year. I believe that this year, 2021, will be a momentous year of renewal, of Hope realized and prosperity in abundance; I speak it through the eyes of Faith
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Bahamas Feeding Network Moves to New Temporary Location - Jan 8, 2021 - 4:30:31 PM

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With the demand for food security assistance remaining at record levels, the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) announced this week it has moved into new temporary headquarters with improved parking and accessibility facilities.

“The move has created the opportunity for an even smoother and more efficient handling of parcel collection by the organisations which the Feeding Network supports,” said BFN Executive Director Philip Smith...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Dames Notes Government’s Investment in the RBPF - Jan 7, 2021 - 1:07:56 PM

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During his Official Remarks at the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s New Year’s Church Service 2021 (January 3) Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin H. Dames said that his Government understood that safety and security undergirds the success of any society, and that was one of the principle reasons that it committed to invest in law enforcement, even before coming into office.

“We will continue to work assiduously toward building capacity and capabilities within the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and other law enforcement agencies...

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